Two People From White City Charged With Modern Slavery Offences

Charges follow a series of brothel raids across London

Fountain Park Way, White City
Fountain Park Way, White City. Picture: Google Streetview

Two people from the White City have been charged with offences relating to modern slavery and prostitution after a series of raids on addresses across London four of which are believed to be brothels.

40-year-old Jie Zhang and 68-year-old Yuhua Zheng both reside on Fountain Park Way which is part of the new luxury White City Living development. They were charged along with four other people including 30-year-old Giulia Manzo of Brewster Gardens in North Kensington.

The charges follow an investigation by the Met’s Modern Day Slavery Team targeting the sexual exploitation of women at brothels in London. A day of action was carried out as part of Operation Huai in which detectives executed warrants at seven addresses on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

Operation Huai targeted an organised crime group believed to be sexually exploiting women, most of whom are Chinese, with a smaller number of Romanian and UK nationals.

Paintings, watches and luxury cars are among the high value items to have been seized during the raids.

Jie Zhang and Yuhua Zheng face charges relating to slavery, prostitution and possession of criminal property.

They were charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, 6 April and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 10 May.

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April 16, 2021